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HOUSTON
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Clemens Trunschka is not doing so well. With spotty employment and a shaky marriage, he's pretty much lost any claim to being a "functional alcoholic". The more accurate term for him would probably be "lousy drunk". So when an opportunity arises to help a German company recruit an American candidate as its CEO, Trunschka seizes the chance to get back in the black - with both his finances and his family.

Showing a deftness for handling such emotional material, writer/director Bastian Günther expands Trunschka's headhunting expedition into a captivating and subtle examination of failure. He's aided by lead actor Ulrich Tukur, who delivers a fearless portrayal of a man searching for new ways to hit bottom as he flings himself down the slopes of self-loathing with all the gusto of a certain cartoon coyote. HOUSTON drives unflinchingly deep into the heart of Texas and comes up with something as surprising as it is precious: hope.


Bastian Günther was born in 1974 in Hachenburg and studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. His thesis film, END OF A TRIP, won the First Steps Award in 2006. He worked as an assistant-director for Christian Petzold and Marin Martschewski. AUTOPILOTS, which he wrote and directed in 2007, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals worldwide, winning the MFG-Star Award for young directors at the MFG Festival in Baden-Baden. In 2012 he shot the international feature HOUSTON (with Ulrich Tukur and Garret Dillahunt) which premiered at Sundance (World Dramatic Competition) and was screened afterwards at festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2013 he shot the hybrid film CALIFORNIA CITY. He divides his time between Berlin and Austin, Texas. His other films include: ACAPULCO (short, 2002), STAY AT HOME IN SUMMER (doc, 2004), and he is currently working on the development of a feature titled AVALANCHE.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Bastian Günther
Screenplay Bastian Günther
Cinematography Michael Kotschi
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Garret Dillahunt, Wolfram Koch, Jenny Schily, Jens Münchow, Jason Douglas
Producers Martin Heisler, Joachim Ortmanns
Co-Producer Anne Walker-McBay
Production Company Flare Film, in co-production with Texas Avenue Films/Austin
Length 107 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, DVD, HD, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Sundance 2013, Dallas 2013, RiverRun International Film Festival 2013, Boston Independent Film Festival 2013, Marfa Film Festival 2013, Shanghai 2013, Karlovy Vary 2013, Festival do Rio 2013, Zurich 2013, Fantasporto 2014
Awards Special Jury Prize Boston 2013, Director’s Week Best Actor Award Fantasporto 2014
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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